Journalism in the Age of Data

Interessante vídeo sobre o jornalismo na era dos dados, fazendo um link com o post anterior “Data Journalism

Aqui o link para o Manifesto de 2006 sobre o Jornalismo de Dados (A fundamental way newspaper sites need to change) de Adrian Holovaty.

Mais sobre Open Data no Masters of Media. Trechos:

“When all this data is accessible, online communities and individuals can do new things with it. They can be re-used and recombined and maybe reveal unexpected connections. As an example Berners-Lee shows a map created in 2008 by a lawyer. The map showed a neighborhood of Zanesville, Ohio. The lawyer investigated the correlation between water service and race. By combining different sources he found out that most houses that had no access to public water services were occupied by non-white people.


The database often plays an important part in open data. We can see this for example with the Afghan War Diary. Wikileaks disclosed in the summer of 2010 an extraordinary amount of reports that covered the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. Several weeks earlier the information was obtained by the New York Times, London’s Guardian and Der Spiegel. These three mainstream news corporations were able to mine the data for news and analysis. David Leigh, one of investigative reporters of the Guardian, tells that the research done on the project was mainly facilitated by the Internet and the database:

The extraordinary thing about this investigation was that something couldn’t have happened before the Internet age. Because, first of all the leak itself could not have happened. This was a database of 92.000 odd entries in a database that is then leaked over the Internet system […] we couldn’t have investigated this stuff on paper because it is just too much of it, 92.000 files. Because we were able to build a database and interrogate it by using keywords of free text searches, we could actually make sense of this massive material. So the whole thing is like a product of the Internet world. (Media Talk, 29-07-2010)



Berners-Lee, T. (2010).

Dames, K.M. (2009). “Data is the New Oil” in Information Today sep 2009, volume 26 issue 8, 14-15

Davie, T (2010).

Stallman, R. (1999). “The GNU Operating System and the Free Software Movement,” in Chris DiBona, Sam Ockman and Mark Stone, eds. Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution. Sebastopol: O’Reilly, 53-70.


Sobre alemos

Full Professor, Faculty of Communication, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. PhD in Sociology, Sorbonne (1995), Visiting Scholar at University of Alberta and McGill University, Canada (2007-2008) and National University of Ireland (NUI/Maynooth) (2015-2016). Coordinator of Lab 404 ( and Researcher Fellow at CNPQ (PQ-1A).
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